Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance, Ecchi, School, Battle of the Bands
First Aired: Winter 2017, 12 episodes
Summary: Yuu Haruna just moved into town. He’s a normal guy besides being a loner and a lover of technology, especially when it comes to Twitter. What he lacks in social skills he makes up for in expressing his feelings on the internet. Yuu’s love of technology gets him in trouble when he takes a photo to upload which is mistaken by Fuuka Akitsuki as being inappropriate. The situation gets more complicated as Yuu arrives at his new school and sees Fuuka in his class. Life will never be the same!
The series focuses on the characters, from their interaction with one another to flashbacks of how the past caused them to act in certain ways, revealing inner flaws and making them believable. Despite being a seemingly normal high schooler, there is more to Yuu than meets the eye. That also goes for Fuuka, as well as others that are introduced throughout the series. My favorite aspect has to be the characters, from the intensity of their emotions to how they actually express themselves rather than hide their feelings in a locked safe. It drives me crazy how in most anime the characters act so ignorant to romance. “Oh, does this person like me? I had no idea even though all the signs are there” or “I’m in love with this person but I’ll never tell them. I’ll take it to the grave because I’d rather die alone than admit feelings to my true love”. Come on, out with it already. Anyways, this series involves romantic confrontations and I love it!
I’ll admit when it comes to anime I appreciate vibrant animation, and it that regard Fuuka delivered. The screen was filled with bright character colors mixed with a subtle background that made the individuals stand out. I also found the background fitting since the locations are all real locations in Japan, making the subtlety appropriate. Also, any show that features the Hachiko statue at Shibuya Station can’t be all bad and Fuuka has it in the first episode!
You might enjoy this if: You are ready to watch the drama unfold between talented high schoolers!
You might not like it if: You get annoyed when the opening song of a series gets played in the actual show. I think it’s hilarious, but some people don’t go for it.
Note to the Viewer: Once upon a time I watched a series called Usagi Drop, maybe you’ve heard of it. After I finished the series a friend told me, “If you like the anime don’t read the manga”. Curiosity consumed me as I felt the need to ask him how a manga could possibly change the way I feel about Usagi Drop. He proceeded to explain how he enjoyed the lighthearted anime, then was left dumbfounded after reading the dark turn in the manga. I was in shock after he told me. Crazy stuff!
Fuuka is the same way for me. The lighthearted anime is wonderful and fun, but the manga turns an entirely different direction. I’m not to say which is better, but it’s crazy stuff alright.
AMV – Say When by Panta Na Xamogelas
(Warning, the AMV contains minor spoilers)